3 Telling Signs Your Boss Is Threatened By You

signs your boss is threatened by you

Managers and supervisors don’t tend to feel threatened by those they manage. But there are rare circumstances where you may be performing better than your manager. This happens when you are performing batter than your manager to their superior.

When this occurs, your manager might feel threatened that you could replace them. We’re going to go through a few scenarios of how this might have been started in the workplace. And which telling signs you can look for which indicate that your manager is feeling the threat of your leadership.

signs your boss is threatened by you

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How Managers Feel Threatened

One prime example of how a manager might feel threatened by you is during a presentation. Let’s say that you and your manager were giving a presentation to his or her superior. Let’s say this person is the Vice President. And you happened to correct your manager or do a better job at presenting the information than your manager.

The Vice President noticed that and paid more attention to you than your manager. In this instance, your manager might feel threatened by you since your manager was looking for gratitude during the presentation.

This is one scenario where your manager might feel a threat and could start making political actions towards you.

How To Know They’re Feeling Threatened

Before jumping into the signs that tell this is the case, the first thing you’ll experience is a shift in their mood or their body language towards you. Either your manager will feel proud that the Vice President was able to see the great work he or she and the rest of the team was able to accomplish. Or your manager will feel as though you were the only one we received proper praise.

If that’s the case, their body language will change instantly, in that setting. Afterward, your manager will most likely be short with you or ignore you altogether. This is a common behavior amongst those who are absorbing changes. Or to be more specific, not being adaptable.

3 Telling Signs They Are Feeling Threatened

Here are three key traits of a manager or supervisor who is feeling threatened by your performance in the workplace:

Other Signs From Your Boss

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur, Recruiter.com, SparkHire, and many more.


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